This post is just after I finished attending a webinar on project management. The webinar was conducted by Michael O Brochta (President, Zozer Inc.)
So here are my takeaways :
- Planning and execution are most important for a project’s success.
- Example of Shackleton for project success – all men on mission to Antarctica survived in good health and spirits
- Earlier, project’s success = project manager’s success. But today things have become much more complex.
- You should pick up the right projects to get success.
- Talk on alpha project managers
Q : Is planning important?
Q: How much planning do you do?
Q: Is communication important?
Q: How often do you communicate?
Q: Do you have authority over project?
Q: How do you exercise the authority?
- My life is a failure by Jim Johnson Standish group chaos reports – user involvement, rapid communication, communication with users.
- Winning at new products by Dr Cooper
It takes 7 new projects to get 1 successful project
Projects which succeed are done quickly
Faster we complete our project, higher chance for success.
Breaking project into chunks helps
Get things done quickly reduce cycle time
Credentials are necessary but along with experience.
- What great project managers do?
They meet needs of others
Spend time on planning a lot
Lead and inspire
Work on successful projects
Deal with complexity
Get executives to act
Spend time more on communication – tailor messages to each stakeholders
Reduce cycle time – chunks and take feedback on each chunk
Master soft skills
- Jim Collins – absolutely iron will – to be successful in project management
- Applying common sense things with some uncommon discipline is the key.
Worth Reading :
“25 Q & A Sites About Project Management” ( http://www.projectmanagementtraining.net/25-q-a-sites-about-project-management ).